Craig and John celebrate one year of the podcast by going H.A.M. on the passive voice, the present progressive and reductive nonsense rules.
John and Craig answer four listener questions, on topics ranging from scene headers to ticket sales. And which is better for an aspiring screenwriter: a low-level job at a major agency, or a steady 9-to-5 job that allows time to write?
Can you sell a spec screenplay but retain the characters for other uses?
In his will, Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch left instructions that “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.” Wendy S. Goff looks at why that opens a legal can of worms.
Emma Coats’s list of 22 story rules moves from useful to delightful when illustrated with Lego.
John and Craig talk critics, and how trying to anticipate their reviews can cause paralysis. It’s funny how the screenwriter only seems to get mentioned in negative reviews. Well, not funny, actually. Frustrating. And possibly statistically verifiable, so listen in if you’re looking for a research project.
A listener wonders if the lack of female screenwriters stems in part from the social part of the profession, specifically confidence in one’s ability.
I quite like Colson Whitehead’s tongue-and-cheek writing advice.
Dustin Rowles looks at how studios learned to look beyond the summer release schedule.
Chuck Wendig has 25 things you should know about antagonists.
Craig and John tackle a question screenwriters ask themselves at every stage in their careers: of all things I could write, which thing should I write?
Craig and John skip Comic-Con so they can discuss annoying and unproductive habits of development executives, along with advice for working with screenwriters.
Gavin Palone looks at why why so many more writers (and directors and actors) in Hollywood are paying the extra money for a manager.
Stephen Harrigan reflects on his career writing TV movies of the week.
I don’t read books on how to write screenplays, but Stuart does, so I occasionally ask him to write up his impressions. For this round, he tackled the three Save the Cat! books by Blake Snyder.
It’s two parts craft and one part business as Craig and John discuss the alarming earnings report coming out of the WGA, plus a deeper look at setting and POV.
Employees are suing AMC Theaters, arguing that they should be allowed to sit down.
John and Craig look at how to write satisfying third acts. That doesn’t necessarily mean a happy ending, but rather one that feels earned.
This week, John is a bit under the weather, so Craig takes over moderator duties as they tackle four listener questions.
This week’s episode finds Craig and John answering questions about agent etiquette, business cards and those troubling rewrites that unravel everything.
Chip Street looks at why an offer to be featured on the “consider” list must be considered carefully.
Craig and John take a look at the difference between plot and story with some help from the Littlest Pet Shop and Game of Thrones.
A working screenwriter shares his frustration with how difficult it has become to sustain a career.
John and Craig open the listener mailbag and sprint through twenty questions in just under an hour.
I admire the way Happy Endings has morphed from another sorta-like-Friends show to its own weird beast. I wouldn’t want to be friends with any of these narcissistic self-defeating chatterboxes, but I like them together.